AFL Round 11 (FPS): Did Dick? Dick did. Talented Dick.

  by Tony Scully Good morning Floreat Picans, lovely to wake up to a cold rainy winter’s morning.   It was with trepidation that I, (1) accepted this responsibility knowing the quality of previous offerings. And (2) went to yesterday’s game knowing I had only been to ‘loss’ games so far this season. (Am I the [Read more]

Women’s footy: Vics win national championship

by Leesa Catto The BIG V claimed the AFL women’s national championships today with a hard fought thirty-eight point win over West Australia in perfect conditions at Subiaco Oval. In a very tight opening term the Victorian backline was placed under enormous pressure as the W.A team pushed forward relentlessly. W.A led by seven points at quarter time, the [Read more]

Special Feature: Bring the farm to the footy

      1960s “footballers” Graeme Willingham (Camperdown and Daylesford FCs) and Owen Beaton (Camperdown, Heywood, Birregurra and Colac FCs) continue with their plan to recognise the contribution The Farm has made to today’s modern game.   Naming a FoFF Farmyard Team of The Centuries is all well and good and has been done by [Read more]

Friday preview: Plough’s last hurrah

by Dan Lonergan I’ve followed the Western Bulldogs since I was six, which stretches back to 1975, when the new cool kid came to school in grade one. He barracked for Footscray and everyone wanted to be his friend, but maybe adopting his footy team was taking it too far. At the time I was [Read more]

Supreme Court News: Norfolk and Chance bring a class action against the Richmond Football Club

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA AT MELBOURNE CLASS ACTION LIST Court No. That Big One Please   BETWEEN: RICHARD TETLEY SMITH & OTHERS Plaintiff – and – RICHMOND FOOTBALL CLUB LTD Defendant STATEMENT OF CLAIM Date of document: 29 May 2009 Filed on behalf of: The Plaintiff Prepared by: NORFOLK & CHANCE Solicitor’s Code: [Read more]

International footy: Knacker pulls the boots on for the San Jose Hornets

by James Mackay Some of you may be aware of the footy leagues in the USA.  Each area has a few teams and then once a year each district sends a team to the Nationals (Colorado Springs in ’08). The district around San Francisco includes teams from the bay city (known as the knights), the [Read more]

Press release: Victorian women’s footy team

from Leesa Catto and the VWFL   The Victorian senior women’s football team flies out on Tuesday the 2nd of June bound for Perth to compete in the 2009 AFL national women’s championships. The new look Victorian team boasts fourteen players making their debut in the Big V jumper with nine of those fourteen having represented Victoria at [Read more]

AFL Round 10 (FPS): Pies turn it on at the Greensborough RSL

By John Ramsdale Collingwood 17.12.114 d Port Adelaide 11.10.76 Encouraged by last week’s showing against the Eagles, the inclusion of Thomas and Didak, and the unpredictable form of our opponents, I crossed the MCG car park with some confidence for one of the few times this year. My companion, the Piesemist, was, as usual, less sanguine. [Read more]

Putting the farm back into footy – Part 1

In the first of a two-pronged attack, 1960s “footballers” Graeme Willingham (Camperdown and Daylesford FCs) and Owen Beaton (Camperdown, Heywood, Birregurra and Colac FCs) have a plan to put the farm back into footy, real grassroots style.   Secretly, they’ve always been our favourites, the ones we look out for, and indeed watch over. Because [Read more]

Speccie voting

Greatest speccie of all time voting   Shaun Smith at the Gabba                                 45 Jezza    1970 GF                                              36 Gary Ablett over Pert                                       23 Ashley Sampi v Melb                                        20 Trevor Barker on the wing at teh Lake Oval  12 Gary Ablett (snr) v Melb 1989              10 Gary Moorcroft v Doggies                                14 Chris Tarrant v Melbourne 2002                       7 Brett [Read more]

General footy writing: Carn the Arckos!

Tired of going to the Royal Park after games at the MCG? Punters looking for a more cerebral letdown after four quarters of footy might consider walking past the Royal Park and heading onto the Richmond Uniting Church in Church Street, where Tim Phillips’ Arcko Symphonic Project is putting on a Pulling the Strings recital [Read more]

AFL Round 9: (FPS) Pies work together for Tarks in the west

by Andrea Mcnamara Collingwood 12.16.88 West Coast   9.12.66 I like to get my game preparation right, and looking back, I know I wasn’t ready for either that Monday Massacre or the Sunday Blues game. With both, life got in the way of footy – I hadn’t fully absorbed how much the team had changed since [Read more]

Weekend read: John ‘Pa’ O’Keeffe – a true football person

by Patrick O’Keeffe   Pa taught me how to kick a stab pass, torpedo and drop kick. I think that I might have been about 6 or 7 at the time. I remember it being an overcast day, in a park not too far from Glenelg Oval. I was eager to impress my grandfather. Unfortunately [Read more]

General footy writing: How a boy earned his Hawthorn stripes

By Jason Christou Grand Final day 1989. Cross-legged under the television. Before me, a glass of chilled milk. I watched the condensation dribble down the glass, pooling into a moist ring. Expectantly, I tilted my head towards the television fuzz. A week earlier Mum had helped me attach streamers to the balcony barrier. My team’s [Read more]

Great days at East Freo

by Bruce Houston   As a ‘past player’ of East Freo I receive their regular mag. I was looking at it on the weekend and thought I must send you a list of EF players in the AFL. Surely, no other individual club could match it. I’d be pretty confident that EF would still hold [Read more]

Dud game

by Daniel Cherny St.Kilda and Fremantle are the most bizarre of rivals. They have never met in a final, and they have no geographical proximity. Yet clashes between the Saints and the Dockers have an incredible ability to deliver the absurd. Perhaps it is fitting that the two most pathetic teams in league history- St.Kilda [Read more]

Ablett on Fire in Milestone Match

by Julian Morison The ‘milestone game’ effect is much debated – are there benefits or otherwise for the player and team involved? Regardless of the actual impact, it invariably adds conviction to the expectations of a winning team and offers a thread of hope to a struggling combination. Before heading to Footy Park, I watched [Read more]

More than a Kick on ANZAC Day

by Sean Gorman I began a conversation with my seven year old son two years ago. That conversation continued yesterday when he played in one of the little league games as part of the half time action at the MCG on ANZAC day. It was the way the conversation started when he was five that [Read more]

Seventh heaven, my bootlace. Writing match reports is a terrible business

By Andrew Stafford A few days after the Brisbane v Collingwood clash at the Gabba, I received an email from a fellow Pies tragic. “You must have been in seventh heaven!” she gushed. Several other friends, not all of them Magpie fans, made similar comments. My job is a source of some envy. I am [Read more]

Pies Cruise

by Tim O’Leary Thankful: adv, act of being grateful for playing Melbourne round 2 and getting the four points.   The Collingwood banner exclaimed: “Dedication and Passion: The will to win”. What a pity the Melbourne players read that simple message and took it on board for the first quarter. They played a neat brand [Read more]